Corpl. Machine Gun Co., 120th Inf.; son of J. A. Johnston, of Davidson, N.C. Enlisted in N.C. N. G. at Charlotte, N.C., June 23, 1916. Served on the Mexican border with the guard. In the 30th Div., was with Co. M, 120th Inf., and before reaching France, transferred to Machine Gun Co., 120th Inf., serving with it until date of discharge, April 17, 1919. Saw service in the “Canal Sector,” Belgium, Ypres, Lys offensives, Somme offensive. Called to Washington, D. C., to receive the British Military Medal from the Prince of Wales, American Distinguished Service Cross from Gen’l. Pershing and was mentioned in G. O. No. 2, Hdgrs., 30th Div., Jan. 10, 1919, for Valor, Official Citation as follows: Corporal Louis E. Johnston, Machine Gun Co., 120th Inf., 30th Div., A. E. F., attached to the 2nd Platoon at the advance from St. Martine Rivere to Mazinghein. This platoon was during the nights of 18-19, October, 1918, advancing with the attacking battalion and became separated from it. After repeated attempts to locate the battalion had failed, Corporal Johnston volunteered for the search; accordingly he was sent forward, although he was unacquainted with the country and although he had to proceed along the country roads heavily shelled and under terrific enemy machine gun fire, using his gas mask practically all the way, this soldier continued in his search until he located the battalion, which was heavily engaged. On account of his bravery and his trustworthiness, his machine guns were able to rejoin the battalion and take part in the battle with them on the following day. His conduct and bravery at all times throughout Belgium and France, and particularly through the terrific fighting at the Hindenburg Line, was worthy of the utmost commendation.
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